Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship Application Information

2024/6/3
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to Canadian students who wish to study at Japanese universities.
 
* The selection process may be cancelled or applicants may be unable to travel to Japan even after being selected for the MEXT Scholarship Program due to measures taken in response to an outbreak of an infectious disease or other reasons.

Please be aware that interviews and tests for applicants within the jurisdiction of Ontario/Toronto/GTA normally take place at the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto.  Interviews are conducted in-person at the Consulate General of Japan’s offices.  
 
Scholarship Categories
 
  • Undergraduate Students  (Currently closed-next 2026 Application cycle expected to open April 2025)  
  • Research Students (Currently closed-next 2026 Application cycle expected to open April 2025)
  • Japanese Studies (Currently closed-next 2025 Application cycle expected to open December 2024)
 

The scholarship covers:
1. Full tuition
2. Monthly allowance
3. Round-trip flight between Japan and Canada
 
Detailed information about each scholarship, including application forms, guides and eligibility requirements, is available through the links below.
 
Notes:
  • Use the guide and forms for the scholarship year for which you are applying. They are subject to change each year.
  • For any questions on the application documents, where you are allowed to answer in Japanese, please also include an English translation.
  • Applications are only accepted at the Japanese Embassy/Consulate General in the country where the applicant has citizenship (i.e. Japanese Embassy/Consulate's General in Canada can only accept applications from Canadian citizens.).
  • Applications must be sent to the Japanese diplomatic mission nearest you.
 
For detailed information, please contact:
Japanese Diplomatic Mission MEXT Application Jurisdiction
Embassy of Japan in Ottawa Ottawa-Gatineau region
Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver British Columbia, The Yukon
Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto Ontario/Toronto/GTA
Consulate-General of Japan in Montreal Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
 
For those in the jurisdiction of the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto, please send applications and related documents to:
 
MEXT Scholarship Programmes Section
CONSULATE-GENERAL OF JAPAN-Toronto
Suite 3300, 77 King Street West
P.O. Box 10, TD Centre
Toronto, ON M5K 1A1

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Application queries can be sent by email to information@to.mofa.go.jp

For Ontario Residents (in the jurisdiction of the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto):
Once your application has been sent, please inform our office by email at information@to.mofa.go.jp
We recommend that candidates mail in their completed application forms using a reliable and traceable mail/delivery service.

If you wish to drop your application off in person on a deadline date, you must confirm by sending a request to do so to information@to.mofa.go.jp

The Consulate General of Japan will be closed on these holidays:
https://www.toronto.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/about-us.html

Research Students

Currently Open for Application: NO
Application deadline (Completed applications must be received by): Was Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Duration: 18-24 months, beginning in April 2025/October 2025
In some cases, an extension may be possible if you proceed to a further degree program.
 
Outline of eligibility:
     Academic Background: Bachelor’s degree or higher
     Age: born on or after April 2, 1990 (for the 2025 recruitment)
     Study area: the same field that the applicant has studied, or a related field
     Nationality: Canadian
 
Departure date: April 2025/October 2025
 
Placement at University: Designated by MEXT, based on your admission or a letter of provisional acceptance you obtain from Japanese universities.
 
Selection process:
1. Application documents review
2. In-Person Examination (Japanese and English) and Interview: mid-June-early-July (Exact Date and Time TBC at a later date)
Please note: If due to COVID-19, we are not able to run the Examinations, the application process may be cancelled.
3. Results of the 1st screening notification : mid-July
4. Obtain admissions or letters of provisional acceptance late September
5. Acceptance notification : Following January-February
 
Application instructions:
To download Application Forms and the Application Guidelines for the MEXT 2025 Research Studies Scholarship please visit the following page:
https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-research.html

Undergraduate Students

Currently Open for Application:  NO
Application deadline (Completed applications must be received by): Was Friday, May 31, 2024
 
Duration: 5 years, beginning in April 2025
For those majoring in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or a six-year course in pharmacy, the term of the scholarship is 7 years. (The first year is language training.)
 
Outline of eligibility:
     Academic Background: high school diploma or higher
     Age: born on or after April 2, 2000  (for the 2025 recruitment)
     Nationality: Canadian
 
Departure date: April 2025
 
Placement at University: Designated by MEXT, based on your fields and subjects choices
 
Selection process:
1. Application documents review
2. In-Person Examination and Interview: Mid-June to early-July (Exact date TBC at a later date).
Natural Science Exam Subjects: Japanese, English, Mathematics and Sciences
Social Sciences and Humanities Exam Subjects: Japanese, English, Mathematics
Please note: If due to COVID-19, we are not able to run the Examinations, the application process may be cancelled.
3. Results of the 1st screening notification: mid- August
4. Acceptance notification: Following January-February
 
Application instructions: To download Application Forms and the Application Guidelines for the MEXT 2025 Undergraduate Studies Scholarship please visit the following page:
https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-undergraduate.html

Japanese Studies

Currently Open For Application: NO
Application Deadline:  Was Friday February 9th, 2024
 
Duration: 1 year, beginning from October 2024.
Outline of eligibility:  undergraduates at non-Japanese universities majoring in fields related to the Japanese language and/or culture. Please refer to 1. (“Qualifications and Conditions”) of the Application Guideline.
Age: born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 2006.
Nationality: Canadian
JLPT certification: Applicants must have Japanese language ability sufficient for receiving education at a Japanese university in Japan.
 
Departure date: September or October 2024
Placement at University: Designated by MEXT, taking into consideration your Japanese language ability and specialized courses you wish to take.
 
Selection process:
1. Documents review
2. Interview: Mid-February, 2024
3. Acceptance notification: August 2024
 
Complete instruction:
Please see Application Guidelines
Carefully check required documents for the application described in the Application Guidelines.

To download application documents for Japanese Studies please visit the following page:
The forms are available at the link below.
https://www.studyinjapan.go.jp/en/smap-stopj-applications-japanese.html



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